Underage girl that R. Kelly ‘filmed himself having sex with’ agrees to testify at singer’s trial

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Underage girl that R. Kelly ‘filmed himself having sex with’ agrees to testify at singer’s trial

R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago set to start Monday will include testimony from a woman who Kelly allegedly filmed himself having sex with when sh

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R. Kelly‘s federal trial in Chicago set to start Monday will include testimony from a woman who Kelly allegedly filmed himself having sex with when she was 14 years old, and he was about 30. 

Kelly allegedly paid off and threatened the girl to ensure she did not testify in his 2008 state child pornography trial. This trial, which is separate from the 2021 New York case that resulted in the singer receiving a 30-year prison term, is in many respects a do-over of the rigged 2008 trial. 

The woman, who is now her 30s, has not been named, is expected to provide pivotal testimony that could put Kelly Even just one or two convictions in Chicago could add decades to Kelly’s New York sentence, which would already see him behind bars until he is at least 80 before.

R. Kelly was removed from suicide watch after the disgraced R&B superstar's attorney said he was subjected to the 'harsh conditions' of isolation as a form of punishment

R. Kelly was removed from suicide watch after the disgraced R&B superstar's attorney said he was subjected to the 'harsh conditions' of isolation as a form of punishment

R. Kelly was removed from suicide watch after the disgraced R&B superstar’s attorney said he was subjected to the ‘harsh conditions’ of isolation as a form of punishment

'R. Kelly is not suicidal. He was in fine spirits after his sentencing hearing and ready to fight this appeal,' Kelly's attorney wrote

'R. Kelly is not suicidal. He was in fine spirits after his sentencing hearing and ready to fight this appeal,' Kelly's attorney wrote

‘R. Kelly is not suicidal. He was in fine spirits after his sentencing hearing and ready to fight this appeal,’ Kelly’s attorney wrote  

Prosecutors at the federal trial plan to play the same VHS tape that was ‘Exhibit No. 1´´ at the 2008 trial. While it was the only video in evidence 14 years ago, at least three other videos will be entered into evidence at the federal trial.

Prosecutors say Kelly shot a video of the girl in a log cabin-themed room at his North Side Chicago home between 1998 and 2000 when she was as young as 13. In it, the girl is heard calling the man ‘daddy.’ 

Federal prosecutors say that she and Kelly had sex hundreds of times over the years in his homes, recording studios and tour buses. The charges against Kelly also include four counts of the enticement of minors for sex – one count each for four other accusers. All are also slated to testify. 

Before the 2008 trial, Kelly carried a duffle bag full of sex tapes everywhere he went for years, but some tapes later went missing, according to court filings. In the 2000s, bootleg copies of some videos appeared on street corners across the U.S.

Kelly, who rose from poverty on Chicago´s South Side to become a star singer, songwriter and producer, knew a conviction in 2008 would effectively end his life as he knew it.

Kelly, 55, faces charges he produced a video of himself when he was 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14 - but that woman, now in her 30s, has decided to testify

Kelly, 55, faces charges he produced a video of himself when he was 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14 - but that woman, now in her 30s, has decided to testify

Kelly, 55, faces charges he produced a video of himself when he was 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14 – but that woman, now in her 30s, has decided to testify 

Kelly is currently being held at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center (above)

Kelly is currently being held at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center (above)

Kelly is currently being held at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (above)

On June 13, 2008, Kelly shut his eyes tight and bowed his head as jurors returned from deliberations. As a court official read the jury´s decision and it became clear Kelly would be acquitted on all counts, tears streamed down his cheeks and he said over and over, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’

Two Kelly associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, are co-defendants in Chicago. McDavid is accused of helping Kelly fix the 2008 trial, while Brown is charged with receiving child pornography. Like Kelly, they have also denied any wrongdoing.

Double jeopardy rules bar the prosecution of someone for the same crimes they were acquitted of earlier. But that shouldn’t apply to the Chicago federal trial because prosecutors are alleging different crimes related to Minor 1, including obstruction of justice for fixing the 2008 trial.

Singer R. Kelly is pictured in Brooklyn's Federal District Court during the start of his trial in New York last August

Singer R. Kelly is pictured in Brooklyn's Federal District Court during the start of his trial in New York last August

Singer R. Kelly is pictured in Brooklyn’s Federal District Court during the start of his trial in New York last August

Minor 1 first met Kelly in the late 1990s when she was in junior high school. She had tagged along to Kelly´s Chicago recording studio with her aunt, a professional singer working with Kelly´s music. Soon after that meeting, Minor 1 told her parents Kelly was going to be her godfather.

In the early 2000s, the aunt showed the parents a copy of a video she said depicted their daughter having sex with Kelly. When they confronted Kelly, he told them, ‘You’re with me or against me,’ a government filing says.

The parents took it as a threat.

‘Minor 1´s mother did not want to go up against Kelly´s power, money, and influence by not following what he said,’ the filing adds.

Kelly told the parents and Minor 1 they had to leave Chicago, paying for them to travel to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. When they returned, prosecutors say Kelly sought to isolate Minor 1, moving her around to different hotels.

When called before a state grand jury looking into the video, Minor 1, her father and mother denied it was her in it. Prosecutors say an attorney for Kelly sat in on their testimony and reported back to Kelly what they said.

R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. Kelly's federal trial starts Monday in Chicago

R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. Kelly's federal trial starts Monday in Chicago

R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013. Kelly’s federal trial starts Monday in Chicago

Prosecutors from the Cook County state´s attorney´s office chose to push ahead with charges and to take the case to trial in 2008 despite what they knew was a major hurdle: their inability to call the girl in the video to testify.

Any confidence Kelly may have had of beating similar charges a second time were likely dashed when he learned Minor 1 was now cooperating with the government. With more resources, federal prosecutors also boast conviction rates of more than 90% compared to around 65% for their state counterparts.

In 2008, his lawyers argued the man in the VHS video who appeared very much to be Kelly was not Kelly. They showed jurors that Kelly has a large mole on his back, then played excerpts of the video in which no mole was visible on the man.

One of Kelly´s attorneys, Sam Adam Jr., told jurors during closings that no mole on the man’s back meant one thing: ‘It ain´t him. And if it ain´t him, you can´t convict.’

Some 2008 jurors told reporters after the trial that they weren´t convinced the female in the video was who state prosecutors said she was.

That shouldn´t be an issue at the Chicago federal trial. Prosecutors say both the girl and her parents will testify.

What defense Kelly´s legal team will present this time isn´t clear.

The defense is likely to say Kelly´s accusers are misrepresenting the facts. Kelly was more blunt in a 2019 interview with Gayle King of ‘CBS This Morning,’ saying about the women: ‘All of them are lying.’

Timeline of R. Kelly’s downfall from R&B superstar to ‘sexual predator’ 

August 1994: At age 27, R. Kelly marries 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah D. Haughton. The couple weds in a secret ceremony arranged by Kelly at a hotel in Chicago. The marriage is annulled months later because of Aaliyah’s age. Aaliyah dies in a plane crash seven years later at age 22.

February 1997: Tiffany Hawkins files a complaint against Kelly alleging intentional sexual battery and sexual harassment while she was a minor. The lawsuit is reportedly settled for $250,000 the following January.

August 2001: Tracy Sampson files a lawsuit against Kelly, alleging their sex was illegal under Illinois law because he was in ‘a position of authority’ over her. The case was reportedly settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

February 2002: The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it received a videotape allegedly showing Kelly having sex with a minor. The paper reported Chicago police began investigating allegations about Kelly and the same girl three years earlier. At the time, the girl and her parents denies she was having sex with Kelly.

June 2002: Kelly is indicted in Chicago on child pornography charges stemming from the sex tape. He pleads not guilty and is released on $750,000 bail.

January 2003: Kelly is arrested at a Florida hotel on additional child pornography charges after investigators said they found photos of him having sex with a girl. Charges are later dropped after the judge ruled police didn´t have a warrant to search Kelly’s house.

September 2005: Kelly’s wife Andrea Kelly asks for an order of protection from her husband, accusing the singer of hitting her when she said she wanted a divorce. The couple confirm they have divorced in 2009.

February 2006: Kelly’s brother, Carey Kelly, says his brother offered him $50,000 and a record deal to say he was the person on the sex video.

May 2008: Kelly’s child pornography trial begins. He is acquitted on all counts the next month after less than a full day of deliberations.

July 2017: BuzzFeed reports on parents’ claims that Kelly brainwashed their daughters and was keeping them in an abusive ‘cult.’ One woman says she was with Kelly willingly. Following the BuzzFeed report, activists launched the #MuteRKelly movement, calling for boycotts of his music.

April 2018: The Time’s Up campaign, devoted to helping women in the aftermath of sexual abuse, joins the #MuteRKelly social media campaign and pushes for further investigation into Kelly’s behavior, which had come under closer scrutiny over the previous year as women came forward accusing him of sexual coercion and physical abuse. Kelly´s camp responds: ‘We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.’

May 2018: Spotify cuts R. Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Shortly after, Apple and Pandora also stop promoting his music. Kelly’s team pushes back, noting other artists on Spotify had been accused or convicted of crimes.

The same month Faith Rodgers, 20, files a lawsuit accusing R. Kelly of sexual battery, mental and verbal abuse, and knowingly inflicting her with herpes during a yearlong relationship.

January 2019: Lifetime airs the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ which revisited old allegations against him and brought new ones into the spotlight. The series followed the BBC’s ‘R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes,’ released the previous year, that alleged the singer was holding women against their will.

Lady Gaga apologizes for her 2013 duet with Kelly, saying she intended to remove the song, ‘Do What U Want (With My Body),’ from streaming services.

Faith Rogers says Kelly had written a letter the previous October to one of her lawyers, threatening to reveal embarrassing details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop her May 2018 lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

Multiple media outlets reports Kelly and his label, Sony subsidiary RCA Records, part ways. Lady Gaga and Celine Dion remove their duets with Kelly from streaming services, and French rock band Phoenix apologizes for collaborating with Kelly in 2013. Kelly continues to deny all allegations of sexual misconduct.

February 2019: Attorney Michael Avenatti says he gave Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl, and that it is not the same evidence used in Kelly’s 2008 trial.

Kelly is arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Kelly’s attorney enters not guilty pleas on the singer’s behalf. Hours later, Kelly posts bail and is released from jail in Chicago.

March 2019: CBS airs interview in which Kelly vehemently denied the sexual abuse charges against him. Later, authorities in Cook County take Kelly into custody after he tells a judge he couldn´t pay $161,000 in back child support he owed his children’s mother.

May 2019: Kelly is charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago. They involve one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

July 2019: Kelly is indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on charges including child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice. A separate indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York included charges of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child. He is again arrested in Chicago.

A federal judge orders Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned he would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.

August 2019: Kelly pleads not guilty to federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing women and girls who attended his concerts, as his lawyers continue to label the alleged victims disgruntled ‘groupies.’

Kelly is charged in Minnesota with prostitution and solicitation related to an allegation that he invited a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room in 2001 and paid her $200 to dance naked with him.

October 2019: Kelly is denied bail in his New York City sex abuse case after a judge agreed with prosecutors that freeing him from jail would create a risk of him fleeing or tampering with witnesses.

December 2019: Kelly is charged by federal prosecutors with paying a bribe in exchange for a ‘fraudulent identification document’ for an unidentified female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah. He later pleads not guilty.

March 2020: Kelly pleads not guilty in Chicago to an updated federal indictment that included child pornography charges and allegations involving a new accuser, while prosecutors say more charges alleging yet another victim were upcoming.

August 2020: Federal prosecutors announce charges against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Kelly’s manager is arrested in California on charges that he threatened a shooting at a Manhattan theater two years ago, forcing an evacuation and the cancellation of the screening of a documentary addressing allegations that the singer had sexually abused women and girls.

July 2021: Federal prosecutors in Kelly´s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming trial to hear those claims.

August 2021: Kelly’s long-anticipated federal trial begins in New York with opening statements on August 18.

September 2021: After a six-week long trial, the jury find Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking.

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